Mutton Shinwari
Mutton Shinwari
5 from 6 votes
This mutton shinwari recipe is an authentic recipe straight from the Shinwari tribes. Succulent, tender pieces of lamb flavoured with black pepper and yoghurt. A twist on traditional curry recipes.
Mutton Shinwari

Welcome to the aromatic world of Mutton Shinwari, a dish that embodies the rich flavors of the Pashtun cuisine. Originating from the Shinwari tribe in Pakistan, this recipe showcases the mastery of spices and cooking techniques passed down through generations.

While it may seem intimidating at first glance, fear not, for I am here to guide you through the steps to create this culinary masterpiece.

Mutton Shinwari is a dish that celebrates the robust taste of mutton or lamb, cooked to perfection in a blend of olive oil and spices. The dish’s complexity lies in its layers of flavor, from the earthiness of ginger and garlic to the subtle heat of green chillies.

Each ingredient plays a vital role in elevating the dish, creating a symphony of taste that is sure to delight your palate.

Despite its intricacies, Mutton Shinwari is a recipe that is accessible to cooks of all skill levels. With patience and attention to detail, you can recreate the authentic taste of this Pashtun delicacy right in your own kitchen.

Expert Tip: Marinate the mutton in yogurt and spices for a few hours or overnight to tenderize the meat and enhance its flavor.


Mutton or Lamb: This forms the heart of the dish, providing a rich and meaty flavor that is essential to Mutton Shinwari.

Olive Oil: Used for cooking the mutton, olive oil adds a subtle fruity note and helps to tenderize the meat.

Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the mutton and balances the overall taste of the dish.

Green Chillies: Infuses a gentle heat into the dish, adding complexity to the flavor profile.

Tomatoes: Provide a subtle sweetness and acidity, complementing the richness of the mutton.

Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste: These aromatic ingredients form the base of the dish, adding depth and complexity to the flavor.

Yoghurt: Helps to tenderize the meat and adds a creamy texture to the dish.

Black Pepper: Contributes a warm and pungent flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Ginger Julienne and Coriander: Used as garnishes, these ingredients add freshness and visual appeal to the finished dish.

Expert Tip: Use a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven for even cooking and to prevent the dish from burning.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Mutton Shinwari hot with freshly baked homemade naan for an authentic Pashtun dining experience.
  • Garnish with additional coriander leaves and ginger julienne for added freshness and visual appeal.
  • Pair with a side of tangy raita (yogurt sauce) and pickled onions to balance the richness of the dish.
  • Accompany with a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad dressed with lemon juice and olive oil for a light and vibrant contrast.

Expert Tip: Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together and intensify.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to cook Mutton Shinwari?

The cooking time for Mutton Shinwari typically ranges from 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the meat pieces and desired level of tenderness.

Can I use lamb instead of mutton?

Yes, lamb can be used as a substitute for mutton in this recipe. However, keep in mind that the cooking time may vary slightly depending on the cut and quality of the meat.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in Mutton Shinwari?

Yes, you can adjust the amount of green chillies and black pepper according to your preference for spiciness. For a milder version, reduce the quantity of green chillies and black pepper.

How do I know when the oil has separated in the dish?

The oil has separated when there is a thin layer of oil visible on the surface of the dish, indicating that the spices and other ingredients have been properly cooked and infused with flavor.

Can I make Mutton Shinwari in advance?

Yes, Mutton Shinwari can be made in advance and reheated before serving. In fact, the flavors often deepen and develop further upon reheating, making it an excellent dish for meal prepping.

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Mutton Shinwari

Mutton Shinwari

by Nabeela Kauser
This mutton shinwari recipe is an authentic recipe straight from the Shinwari tribes. Succulent, tender pieces of lamb flavoured with black pepper and yoghurt. A twist on traditional curry recipes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 960 kcal


  • 1 kg Mutton Or lamb
  • 100 ml Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 500 ml Water
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 4 Tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 100 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • Ginger Julienne
  • Coriander


  • In a large pan add the olive oil and heat up on medium heat until hot
  • Add the mutton and salt then cook for 5 minutes on high heat until the mutton changes colour
  • Add the water then cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 45-60 minutes until the mutton is 80% cooked and the majority of the water has dried up
  • Add the ginger paste and garlic paste then cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Halve the tomatoes and add face down into the pan then cover with a lid and cook for 6-8 minutes
  • Use tongs to remove the skin of the tomatoes then cook for 10 minutes until the oil separates – the oil has separated when there is a thin layer of oil on top
  • Add the green chillies and black pepper then cook for 5 minutes
  • Add the yoghurt and mix immediately to prevent curdling then cook for 10 minutes
  • Add the julienned ginger and chopped coriander
  • Serve with homemade naan and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 960kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 44gFat: 82gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 1411mgPotassium: 921mgFibre: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1058IUVitamin C: 21mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 101mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Food, Lamb, Mutton, Recipe, Shinwari
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